NORTON, Mass. - Phil Mickelson is back on his game, and it was good enough to take down Tiger Woods.
Going head-to-head with Woods for the first time in 18 months, Mickelson buried the world's No. 1 player on the front nine and held him off down the stretch Monday to close with a 5-under 66 and win the Deutsche Bank Championship by two shots.
It was the first victory for Mickelson since The Players Championship in May, when he looked ready to make another run at Woods. But then came a wrist injury that cost him his summer, and only recently has Mickelson been able to swing without flinching.
The pain on this Labor Day belonged to Woods.